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IA Walk through Civilizations

18 July 2018

“Speech is civilization itself. It is silence which isolates.” ~Thomas Mann (1875-1955) German novelist
English Language classes are never meant to be only discussing reading, grammar, and vocabulary; teachers should strive to include more dynamic and interactive activities and learning experiences that could enable the ESL learners to enhance their language acquisition.
In an attempt to develop their 21st century skills, Seconde (Level A) students taking English as their second foreign language portrayed what they learned during their conceptual unit on civilization through a performance task entitled “A Walk through Civilizations.” Students were divided into three groups, each of which chose a civilization to explore. The civilizations at hand were the Egyptian, the Aztec, and the Chinese. The performance task final product was the result of two months of hard work led by the students who had to research the chosen civilization in details, present a research report, and then design a tri-poster that includes a summary of what they had learnt during their inquiry journey. In culmination of the unit, students had to demonstrate their work through oral presentations in front of their classmates from other levels, their teachers, and the English coordinator, Ms. Nihmat, who showed lots of interaction and admiration to the deep knowledge the students had reflected during their presentations.
In conclusion, this performance task has allowed my students to enhance not only their research skills, but their thinking, communication, self-management, and artistic skills as well.

Lama El- Bouz ~ English Language and Literature Teacher